WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR 2018 GOLD COAST MUSIC AWARDS / by Kylie Cobb

 Hussy Hicks, 2018 Gold Coast Music Awards Album of the Year winners. Pic: Nadia Achilles

Hussy Hicks, 2018 Gold Coast Music Awards Album of the Year winners. Pic: Nadia Achilles

Celebrating its fourth year, 2018 Gold Coast Music Awards' announced its winners at a sold out beachside event on 3 May, crowning Australia's indie pop darling, Amy Shark as Artist of the Year for the second time with a couple of surprises in the mix.

A finalist in four categories, Shark was pipped at the post by The Mason Rack Band for Live Act of the Year, folk duo Hollow Coves for Song of the Year and Lane Harry x Ike Campbell for Video of the Year.

Following up their 2015 Artist of the Year win, roots duo Hussy Hicks took out Album of the Year for fifth studio album, 'On The Boundaries' while Hollow Coves doubled down, adding BreakOut Artist of the Year to their wins of the night. 

"The categories were hotly contested in the judging this year," said panel chair and Queensland Conservatorium deputy director, Donna Weston, "Given the strength of nominations, the judges just had to keep coming back to the criteria to ensure the right results were reached."

Bleach* festival producer and Awards judge, Julia Bridger said, "Hollow Coves were a revelation for the judging panel this year. Beautifully written and recorded songs, and incredible steps that they’ve made career-wise meant they were deserving winners in a very competitive field of finalists.

"The Mason Rack Band's longevity, contribution to the local live scene and consistent delivery of exceptional performances made them a winning choice for Live Act of the Year," she said.

Gold Coast stoner rock band, Baltimore Gun Club took out the People's Choice Award, which was voted by fans online and industry on the night.

And, of course, a thriving music scene is not possible without events and venues who consistently program quality original acts with a high standard of production and customer experience and last year, Shakafest and Miami Shark Bar did just that, taking out Event and Venue of the Year, respectively.

The Awards ceremony, hosted by former triple j favourite Dom Alessio, sold out with the general public enjoying a free live concert by Bobby Alu, award-winners Hussy Hicks and finalists Electrik Lemonade and Eliza and the Delusionals.

Acting Mayor Cr Donna Gates congratulated all the local artists.

“What an achievement for all involved, there’s a real depth of talent across the Gold Coast and it’s fantastic to see them celebrated through these music awards.”

In partnership with Surfers Paradise Alliance, Gold Coast Music Awards kicked off Surfers Paradise LIVE (3-6 May) with four days and nights of non-stop, free music throughout the Surfers Paradise central precinct to follow this weekend with some of Australia’s all-time greats including Jimmy Barnes, Daryl Braithwaite, Jon Stevens and Kate Ceberano as well as a swag of Gold Coast talent.

The Gold Coast Music Awards is proudly supported by City of Gold Coast.


2018 Gold Coast Music Awards Winners

Album of the Year
sponsored by beatniks

Hussy Hicks – On The Boundaries | Spotify
 

Artist of the Year
sponsored by Miami Shark Bar + Surfers Paradise Beergarden

Amy Shark
 

Breakout Artist of the Year
 sponsored by Griffith University and Queensland Conservatorium SEED Program

Hollow Coves
 

Event of the Year
sponsored by TAFE Queensland Gold Coast

Shakafest
 

Live Act of the Year
sponsored by Nightquarter

The Mason Rack Band
 

Song of the Year
sponsored by HOTA - Home of the Arts

Hollow Coves – Coastline | spotify 
 

Venue of the Year
sponsored by The Avalon, Miami

Miami Tavern Shark Bar
 

Video of the Year
 sponsored by QT Gold Coast

Lane Harry x Ike Campbell – The Dash
Directed by Nils Nilsson

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2018 Gold Coast Music Awards by James Wills
 Album of the Year winners, Hussy Hicks perform live at the 2018 Gold Coast Music Awards. Pic: James Wills

Album of the Year winners, Hussy Hicks perform live at the 2018 Gold Coast Music Awards. Pic: James Wills

 Hussy Hicks, 2018 Gold Coast Music Awards Album of the Year winners.&nbsp;Pic: Nadia Achilles

Hussy Hicks, 2018 Gold Coast Music Awards Album of the Year winners. Pic: Nadia Achilles

 Bobby Lau performing live at the 2018 Gold Coast Music Awards free outdoor concert. Pic: James Wills

Bobby Lau performing live at the 2018 Gold Coast Music Awards free outdoor concert. Pic: James Wills

 Electrik Lemonade, 2018 finalists and live performers. pic: Nadia Achilles

Electrik Lemonade, 2018 finalists and live performers. pic: Nadia Achilles

 Mason Rack, 2018 Winner Gold Coast Live Act of the Year.&nbsp;

Mason Rack, 2018 Winner Gold Coast Live Act of the Year. 

 Electrik Lemonade, 2018 Gold Coast Music Awards finalists and live performers.

Electrik Lemonade, 2018 Gold Coast Music Awards finalists and live performers.

 2018 Gold Coast Music Award People's Choice Winners Baltimore Gun Club by Hannan Paul

2018 Gold Coast Music Award People's Choice Winners Baltimore Gun Club by Hannan Paul


WINNERS IMAGES AND BIOS

in alphabetical order

  AMY SHARK - Artist of the Year Winner   Born and raised on the Gold Coast, Amy is a passionate ambassador for the city. While experiencing success on a global scale, she continues to fly the flag, showcasing her hometown to the world.&nbsp; Amy’s achievements over the past two years are mind-boggling. Her breakout single ‘Adore’ has been certified 3x Platinum and follow-up track ‘Weekends’ went Gold. She was nominated for six ARIA awards, taking out both Best Pop Release and Breakthrough Artist and she recently won APRA's Pop Work of the Year for ‘Adore’. She’s undertaken two headline tours in both North America and Europe with cities like LA, Seattle, New York, London and Berlin selling out, sold out multiple Australian tours, hit some of the world’s biggest festivals (she’s just been announced for Lollapalooza for heaven’s sake) and has lent her voice to a tourism campaign with Destination Gold Coast. &nbsp;Amy’s music career began on the Gold Coast and over the past ten years she has performed at almost every venue on the Coast. Her break came as a result of a City of Gold Coast arts grant that allowed her to work with producer M-Phazes. The resulting song has been streamed 33 million times on Spotify and the EP ‘Night Thinker’ peaked at #2 on the ARIA charts and #1 on the iTunes charts. She has won ARIAs, Queensland and Gold Coast Music Awards, had slots at Splendour, Austin City Limits and countless other events and performed live at the nationally televised ARIA Awards.

AMY SHARK - Artist of the Year Winner

Born and raised on the Gold Coast, Amy is a passionate ambassador for the city. While experiencing success on a global scale, she continues to fly the flag, showcasing her hometown to the world.  Amy’s achievements over the past two years are mind-boggling. Her breakout single ‘Adore’ has been certified 3x Platinum and follow-up track ‘Weekends’ went Gold. She was nominated for six ARIA awards, taking out both Best Pop Release and Breakthrough Artist and she recently won APRA's Pop Work of the Year for ‘Adore’. She’s undertaken two headline tours in both North America and Europe with cities like LA, Seattle, New York, London and Berlin selling out, sold out multiple Australian tours, hit some of the world’s biggest festivals (she’s just been announced for Lollapalooza for heaven’s sake) and has lent her voice to a tourism campaign with Destination Gold Coast.  Amy’s music career began on the Gold Coast and over the past ten years she has performed at almost every venue on the Coast. Her break came as a result of a City of Gold Coast arts grant that allowed her to work with producer M-Phazes. The resulting song has been streamed 33 million times on Spotify and the EP ‘Night Thinker’ peaked at #2 on the ARIA charts and #1 on the iTunes charts. She has won ARIAs, Queensland and Gold Coast Music Awards, had slots at Splendour, Austin City Limits and countless other events and performed live at the nationally televised ARIA Awards.

  HOLLOW COVES - Breakout Artist and Song of the Year Winner&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;   Imagine a debut EP that clocks up 36 million digital streams. That’s exactly what has happened with Hollow Coves and their debut release ‘Wanderlust’. Their single ‘The Woods’ has had 6.7 million streams and an acoustic session video of their track ‘Coastline’ has been viewed 1 million times on YouTube. When they toured the album in March, those digital figures were backed up with sold-out shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. With just that one EP under their belt, Holow Coves have headlined shows in both London and Amsterdam (where they sold out both shows) and played to full rooms around Europe and the UK. They’ve signed a recording deal with Nettwork records, signed with booking agents in all major markets and been booked for festivals here and abroad including Woodford Folk Festival, Traumzeit (Germany), The Brave (Amsterdam) and Boardmasters (UK).&nbsp;&nbsp;

HOLLOW COVES - Breakout Artist and Song of the Year Winner          

Imagine a debut EP that clocks up 36 million digital streams. That’s exactly what has happened with Hollow Coves and their debut release ‘Wanderlust’. Their single ‘The Woods’ has had 6.7 million streams and an acoustic session video of their track ‘Coastline’ has been viewed 1 million times on YouTube. When they toured the album in March, those digital figures were backed up with sold-out shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. With just that one EP under their belt, Holow Coves have headlined shows in both London and Amsterdam (where they sold out both shows) and played to full rooms around Europe and the UK. They’ve signed a recording deal with Nettwork records, signed with booking agents in all major markets and been booked for festivals here and abroad including Woodford Folk Festival, Traumzeit (Germany), The Brave (Amsterdam) and Boardmasters (UK).  

  HUSSY HICKS - Album of the Year Winner   With five studio albums, two live albums, a DVD and an insane number of successful national and international tours, Hussy Hicks have developed a fan base here in Australia as well as across the world. In 2017 alone, the Gold Coast duo and their band played Blues on Broadbeach, Peak Festival, Winton Film Festival, Bello Winter Festival, Gympie Muster, Mullum Music Fstival, Sydney Blues Festival and still had time for 18 shows in Germany and Italy, 17 shows in the USA and a mini-tour of New Zealand.&nbsp; Many of the German shows sold-out. Signed to US management and featured on national television nearly every day due to their role in ‘Get Grubby’ where Hussy Hicks perform all music for and feature in the show, Leesa Gentz and Julz Parker spent time in 2017 consolidating much of their past work.&nbsp;

HUSSY HICKS - Album of the Year Winner

With five studio albums, two live albums, a DVD and an insane number of successful national and international tours, Hussy Hicks have developed a fan base here in Australia as well as across the world. In 2017 alone, the Gold Coast duo and their band played Blues on Broadbeach, Peak Festival, Winton Film Festival, Bello Winter Festival, Gympie Muster, Mullum Music Fstival, Sydney Blues Festival and still had time for 18 shows in Germany and Italy, 17 shows in the USA and a mini-tour of New Zealand.  Many of the German shows sold-out. Signed to US management and featured on national television nearly every day due to their role in ‘Get Grubby’ where Hussy Hicks perform all music for and feature in the show, Leesa Gentz and Julz Parker spent time in 2017 consolidating much of their past work. 

  LANE HARRY X IKE CAMPBELL - Video Of The Year Winner   The Dash is an all Gold Coast affair, filmed and directed on the Gold Coast by local Swedish filmmaker Nils Nilsson (Pirates of the Caribbean, San Andreas) and staring local Gold Coast hip-hop legends Lane-Harry &amp; Ike Campbell sparring off in a Kung-Fu inspired shoot. It showcases the lastest single by Lane-Harry x Ike Campbell which is exploding for the duo and Human Records on Triple J and Spotify, currently with 130,000 plays and 35,000 listeners a month.  The video supports the new single (Nov 2017) THE DASH, which is making a huge impact on the national scene for the Gold Coast duo. Written in collaboration with Daniel Duque-Perez from Australian band The Griswalds and produced, mixed and mastered on the Gold Coast with Guy Cooper from Human Records and Serotonin Productions.  The Video is filmed, directed, edited on the Gold Coast by local filmmaker Nils Nilsson. Along with the song which was produced, mixed and mastered on the Gold Coast by Lane-Harry x Ike Campbell and Guy Cooper in collaboration with Daniel Duque-Perez from the Griswalds. Every one of Lane &amp; Ike's videos has been made on the Gold Coast and help showcase this beautiful city we live in, to the nationally growing fanbase for the duo.&nbsp;This video was shot with a budget of $1000 but looks like an epic blockbuster. It has elements of comedy, kung fu, action, adventure, crime.

LANE HARRY X IKE CAMPBELL - Video Of The Year Winner

The Dash is an all Gold Coast affair, filmed and directed on the Gold Coast by local Swedish filmmaker Nils Nilsson (Pirates of the Caribbean, San Andreas) and staring local Gold Coast hip-hop legends Lane-Harry & Ike Campbell sparring off in a Kung-Fu inspired shoot. It showcases the lastest single by Lane-Harry x Ike Campbell which is exploding for the duo and Human Records on Triple J and Spotify, currently with 130,000 plays and 35,000 listeners a month.

The video supports the new single (Nov 2017) THE DASH, which is making a huge impact on the national scene for the Gold Coast duo. Written in collaboration with Daniel Duque-Perez from Australian band The Griswalds and produced, mixed and mastered on the Gold Coast with Guy Cooper from Human Records and Serotonin Productions.

The Video is filmed, directed, edited on the Gold Coast by local filmmaker Nils Nilsson. Along with the song which was produced, mixed and mastered on the Gold Coast by Lane-Harry x Ike Campbell and Guy Cooper in collaboration with Daniel Duque-Perez from the Griswalds. Every one of Lane & Ike's videos has been made on the Gold Coast and help showcase this beautiful city we live in, to the nationally growing fanbase for the duo. This video was shot with a budget of $1000 but looks like an epic blockbuster. It has elements of comedy, kung fu, action, adventure, crime.

  THE MASON RACK BAND - Live Act of the Year Winner   Infamous for their live drum duels, onstage antics and signature stage show, Gold Coast blues rock powerhouse The Mason Rack Band are an Australian festival force to be reckoned with. From a dozen headlining international tours in Europe and Canada to multiple appearances at Australia’s biggest festivals like Bluesfest, Woodford, Airlie Beach and Queenscliff Music Festivals to name a few, The Mason Rack Band deliver a world-class live show leaving promoters with no choice but to request their return time and time again. Following in the footsteps of his father (Billy Rack), Mason started his live music career at just six years of age.&nbsp;2017 saw the blues musician and his band perform some 130 shows including 24 in Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland as part of their sixth European tour. With an energetic live show and a strong following on social media, The Mason Rack Band have a massive local following and legions of fans outside of the city.&nbsp;

THE MASON RACK BAND - Live Act of the Year Winner

Infamous for their live drum duels, onstage antics and signature stage show, Gold Coast blues rock powerhouse The Mason Rack Band are an Australian festival force to be reckoned with. From a dozen headlining international tours in Europe and Canada to multiple appearances at Australia’s biggest festivals like Bluesfest, Woodford, Airlie Beach and Queenscliff Music Festivals to name a few, The Mason Rack Band deliver a world-class live show leaving promoters with no choice but to request their return time and time again. Following in the footsteps of his father (Billy Rack), Mason started his live music career at just six years of age. 2017 saw the blues musician and his band perform some 130 shows including 24 in Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland as part of their sixth European tour. With an energetic live show and a strong following on social media, The Mason Rack Band have a massive local following and legions of fans outside of the city. 

  MIAMI SHARK BAR - Venue of the Year Winner   Shark Bar is at the forefront of supporting local aspiring artists to showcase their talents in front of live audiences on a weekly basis, consistently working with local artists as support acts for large national touring acts shows and holding events whereby local artist complete the full line up, therefore being able to grow and build a solid local following. With three decades of bringing international, national and local acts to Gold Coast music lovers, Shark Bar is part of the city’s psyche. In the past year they’ve hosted Dinosaur Jnr, Grinspoon, DZ Deathrays, Skegss, Horrorshow, Tired Lion, Hockey Dad, Ball Park Music, British India, Bec Sandridge, Clowns, Northlane, Hellions, Grenadiers, Frenzal Rhomb, Thy Art Is Murder, Ecca Vandal, Dear Seattle, !2 Foot Ninja, The Hard Aches, Waax, The Creases, Urthboy, Luke Million, Gooch Palms, Dumb Punts, Pist Idiots, The Meanies, In Ashes We Lie, Bleeding Knees Club, Pinheads, The Ruiins, Sleep Makes Waves, Goons Of Doom, Ivan Ooze, Butterfingers, The Murlocs, These New South Wales, Trapdoor, Radolescent, Drunk Mums, Toe To Toe and Nancy Vandal as well as boutique music festivals Ozfest and Shakafest.

MIAMI SHARK BAR - Venue of the Year Winner

Shark Bar is at the forefront of supporting local aspiring artists to showcase their talents in front of live audiences on a weekly basis, consistently working with local artists as support acts for large national touring acts shows and holding events whereby local artist complete the full line up, therefore being able to grow and build a solid local following. With three decades of bringing international, national and local acts to Gold Coast music lovers, Shark Bar is part of the city’s psyche. In the past year they’ve hosted Dinosaur Jnr, Grinspoon, DZ Deathrays, Skegss, Horrorshow, Tired Lion, Hockey Dad, Ball Park Music, British India, Bec Sandridge, Clowns, Northlane, Hellions, Grenadiers, Frenzal Rhomb, Thy Art Is Murder, Ecca Vandal, Dear Seattle, !2 Foot Ninja, The Hard Aches, Waax, The Creases, Urthboy, Luke Million, Gooch Palms, Dumb Punts, Pist Idiots, The Meanies, In Ashes We Lie, Bleeding Knees Club, Pinheads, The Ruiins, Sleep Makes Waves, Goons Of Doom, Ivan Ooze, Butterfingers, The Murlocs, These New South Wales, Trapdoor, Radolescent, Drunk Mums, Toe To Toe and Nancy Vandal as well as boutique music festivals Ozfest and Shakafest.

  SHAKAFEST, 19 August, Miami Tavern - Event of the Year Winner   More than just a festival, an opportunity to get lost. 3,321 people attended Shakafest which used music celebrate coast culture – surf, skate, art and grungy rock. &nbsp;The event has grown considerably in its short two years and has built a strong reputation outside of the city while giving local acts opportunities to perform next to some of Australia’s best bands. Grinspoon, DZ Deathrays, Butterfingers, Horrorshow, Tired Lion, Ivan Ooze, WAAX, Hemingway, Trapdoor and Radolescent were all on the lineup, along with Dear Seattle, Pandamic, Electric Zebra, Stork, Voiid and Kazual Tea – the perfect mix of touring acts and local talent.

SHAKAFEST, 19 August, Miami Tavern - Event of the Year Winner

More than just a festival, an opportunity to get lost. 3,321 people attended Shakafest which used music celebrate coast culture – surf, skate, art and grungy rock.  The event has grown considerably in its short two years and has built a strong reputation outside of the city while giving local acts opportunities to perform next to some of Australia’s best bands. Grinspoon, DZ Deathrays, Butterfingers, Horrorshow, Tired Lion, Ivan Ooze, WAAX, Hemingway, Trapdoor and Radolescent were all on the lineup, along with Dear Seattle, Pandamic, Electric Zebra, Stork, Voiid and Kazual Tea – the perfect mix of touring acts and local talent.



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